Dhuwarrwarr Marika

Milngurr

NATURAL EARTH PIGMENTS ON BARK, 17.3 x 12.6 "

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Born: c1946
Moiety: Dhuwa
Clan: Rirratjingu, Miliwurrwurr group

Dhuwarrwarr comes from one of the most prominent and political Yolngu families, the Marika’s. This painting depicts a creation story of the Djang’kawu Sisters, who through their travels, singing, dancing and self-fertilising acts created Dhuwa Lands. This is a representation of the sacred waterhole that the Sisters found one morning and later gave birth in. The cross in the centre of the waterhole shows the sister’s walking tracks to and from the spring, as well as indicating the four corners of the world. The shimmering white surface is the sun’s reflection off the water as it rises. To Dhuwa people this motif represents knowledge.